On February 15th, state Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer, Council members Keith Powers and Ben Kallos, wrote a letter to the DOB citing its actions on the Upper West Side project. “Regardless of whether the void in the building proposed at 249 East 62nd Street is enclosed or open air as described to the press, we believe you must also refer this building to the FDNY.”
On Thursday, Kallos said the letter was intended to "call attention to the disparate treatment by the DOB between East Side and West Side." He said he was glad that the matter had been referred to the FDNY, noting that the measure "will ultimately keep residents safe."
A widely maligned plan for a 32-story residential tower on the Upper East Side that has been dubbed the “building on stilts” has been halted for fire safety concerns, offering a potential victory to community opponents who have fought the design.
In a March 4th letter addressed to four elected officials and Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Thomas Fariello, the acting Department of Buildings commissioner, wrote that the city is asking the developers of 249 East 62nd Street, Real Estate Inverlad and Third Palm Capital, to submit written approval from the FDNY “concerning the proposed conditions at the intermediate level outdoor space, including but not limited to FDNY emergency access and safety operations.”